The restrictions in England, including those which affect Higher Education, are changing in line with the government’s 4 step plan to easing lockdown.
These are summarised below and can be read in detail here, It is important to note the dates and details are provisional and dependent on the vaccine rollout, infection & hospitalisation data and the impact of any new variants. Guidance is available in different languages here.
The Department for Education has issued new guidance for Universities which NTU will be following in order to manage the return to in person teaching and other activities. Students on some courses will be able to return to campuses from 8th March (NTU will have been in touch if this includes you), the government will be reviewing the position for other students over the easter break.
Students (and staff) who return to campuses will be encouraged to take a lateral flow test twice a week, these are provided through the university at no cost to you. Details of how to book and where to go can be found here. This page also details the actions students should take if they have symptoms or test positive for covid-19.
The Office for Students (the regulator for Universities in England) has released this guidance aimed at students.
NTU will be communicating directly with all students about the impact on their studies, this will include those students who are able to return to campuses and in person teaching. The updates are also provided here.
NTSU has continued to lobby on behalf of students, updates on this work can be found here. We have also adapted our in person and online services to continue to support students, more details can be found on our website and our in person opening times can be found here.
It is important to note that the ‘stay at home’ message from the government is still in place and the police are still enforcing this message across England, with additional resources. Students should continue to follow the laws in place wherever you are based at the time. If you do have interactions with the police and you want to know your rights please see our guidance here.
Police have the powers to fine people for breaching restrictions. This includes a maximum £10,000 fine for organising large gatherings, and fines starting at £200-£800 for other offences. Many fines are doubled for additional offences.
When students are the subject of police action, they normally pass this information onto the university. The university will then also take disciplinary action which may result in anything from additional fines through to removal from your course. If this happens to you contact our Information & Advice Service as soon as possible and our trained advisors will support you.
For latest, detailed guidance, information, and support, please see these resources: